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Susan Kelly Barnes was the financial controller of the Macintosh division at Apple Computer and the Chief Financial Officer of NeXT.[1][2]


Barnes received a degree in archaeology from Bryn Mawr College in 1976. She received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[3]


Apple Computer[]

Barnes joined Apple Computer in 1981, first reporting to financial executive Debi Coleman and then directly to co-founder Steve Jobs. In 1985, Barnes and Coleman helped Jobs to get Apple to acquire a 19.99% stake in Adobe Systems, the developer of PostScript.[2][4]


NeXT founding employees

Bud Tribble (far right), Barnes (seated, right), and the founding members of NeXT.

When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs left the company in 1985, Barnes also left and joined Jobs as a founding member of NeXT, where she became the Chief Financial Officer. In 1989, she helped arrange an investment of $100 million by Canon in exchange for a 16.7 percent stake in the company. Barnes married fellow Apple and NeXT colleague Bud Tribble. She left NeXT in 1991 to spend more time with her family, including a young new child.[2][5][6]

After NeXT[]

Barnes then became the chief financial officer of investment banking firm Richard C. Blum & Associates.[2] She later served as CFO for Intuitive Surgical, a clinical robotics manufacturer, from 1997 to 2005. In February 2010, Barnes joined Pacific Biosciences, a DNA sequencing company, and helped it raise $200 million through an IPO in October 2010. She is also a trustee and member of the board of Bryn Mawr College.[1][3][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The women who helped develop the Mac by James Martin, CNET. 2015-11-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Co-Founder of Next Is Quitting the Company by Andrew Pollack, The New York Times. 1991-05-04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 With Susan Kelly Barnes ’76 at the Financial Helm, Pacific Biosciences Raises $200 Million in IPO, Bryn Mawr College. 2010-10-29.
  4. Apple's origins: An oral history from inside the loop by Shara Tibken, CNET. 2019-04-01.
  5. People by Rixstep, The NeXTonian. Accessed 2020-06-11.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Women From Apple's Early Days Recall Working With Steve Jobs by Ina Fried, Recode. 2015-11-02.

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